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've heard a lot of people. mark ro rubio called for the resignation of the irs acting commissioner steven miller, and several democrats, at least have echoed that call. john boehner, though, the speaker of the house went further. he said this isn't about who gets fired and who doesn't. this is about who winds up behind bars. is that too much, given what we know? or do you think that's an appropriate level of concern? against you're speaking from somebody who fought this battle. >> i don't know what the laws are that they broke, so it's hard for me to answer that and say, okay, criminal charges, they need to be put into jail. i don't know what the laws are. what i know is the people who did this, they need to be held accountable, and procedures and laws need to be put in place so this doesn't happen again. they used the irs as a political weapon. we can't have that, no matter whether you're republican or democrat, left or right, the irs is not supposed to be a political weapon. we cannot have that in our government. >> i've asked this of other folks. in your mind, is it your belief that ca
coming up. you've got friday, house ways and means committee they've got steven miller, of the acting irs commissioner will be there tuesday, a senate finance committee hearing where inspect general russell will be there wednesday, i think kelly o'donnell called it a hearingpalooza. but anna, the democrats believing being bogged down with the hearing over benghazi and now a week of hearings planned, while immigration and other issues that are very important have disappeared. at least on the front page, i should say. >> yeah, absolutely. i think what, as a reporter in the capital, we're asking lawmakers in the days coming forward will this poison the well in the outreach that obama had been doing, having dinner with republicans trying to get a big deal on the deficit. do these three issues, benghazi, the irs and the ap scandal make it so there will be no discussion in the coming months. >> governor rendell. i want to play this rnc video. its vitaled demand transappears. >> to hold it accountable. there's many secrecy in the city. i will also hold myself as president to a new standard. >> s
.r.s. scandal, the agency's acting commissioner, steven miller, is due to testify before the house ways and means committee on friday. >> brown: we'll have more on the i.r.s. in the hot seat ahead. also ahead: sexual assaults in the military; surveillance cameras in san francisco; a new push to prepare cities for natural disasters and the angelina effect. but first, the other news of the day. here's kwame holman. >> holman: the white house has released 100 pages of e-mails and notes on the fatal attack on u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya. the documents describe how officials developed talking points about the attack. last week, it came out that state department officials and others lobbied to remove references to al-qaeda and previous warnings. white house officials deny there was any intent to deceive the public. the u.n. general assembly called again today for a political transition in syria, but with less support than before. an arab-backed resolution condemned president bashar assad and his troops for using heavy weapons during the more than two-year-long conflict. 107 of the 193 m
of the three scandals. tell me this, why was steven miller -- and by the way, why wasn't there a real one? why has he had had to go, when from what i hear he wasn't actually running the irs? >> you ask the money question. that's what everyone is e-mailing me to ask. no, he wasn't in charge when this happened. but, you know, the man on top is the guy who always takes the fall when something gets screwed up, bottom line, right? so he was -- this is -- he was not in charge when all this went down. but he is in charge now, and -- was in charge when there was misrepresentation of this problem to congress. so he has to take some responsibility for that. and this auditor's report also found there was shoddy management when he was on top. and so he has to attack responsibility for that, as well. and in a letter to his staff, he said, look, we need to sort of resteady the boat and this will help reset the team. i don't think it will end here, but it's a start, piers. >> okay, dana, we've also got the fallout from the a.p. scandal. this morning the obama administration asked senator chuck schumer to rei
that the acting commissioner of the internal revenue service has resigned. steven miller's abrupt departure from the administration comes just days after it was revealed that the tax agency unfairly and unlawfully targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle. now the announcement was made just a few hours ago by the president in the east room of the white house. let's take a look. >> i've reviewed the treasury department's watch log report and the misconduct it uncovered is unexcusable. americans have a right to be angry about it. i'm angry about it. i won't tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially the irs given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. today secretary lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the regs nation of the acting commissioner of the irs. i'll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and new safeguards, and going forward by making sure that the laws is applied as it should be. >> sean: only p
in the irs scandal. president obama announced today acting irs commissioner steven miller is out. the firing follows a new inspector-general's report that says ineffective management at the irs allowed agents to single out conservative groups holding up their tax exemption applications for months. >> i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. >> my question isn't about who is going to be resigning. my question is, who is going to jail? >> the justice department is investigating whether any laws were broken. but republicans want more. all 45 gop senators sent a letter to the president demanding he make available any irs employee that congress wants to question. >>> lots of women and men have cut off their hair to help. well, turns out not all those donations are going where you might think they would be going. have you heard of locks of love? the charity takes donated human hair usually long ponytails and braids to make wigs for children who are sick. julie watts says a new report finds not all that hair is going to the kids. >> i feel great. >> reporte
. in addition to that, this man, steven miller, the acting commissioner of the irs, did go in front of congress on several occasions to testify that this targeting, the filtering of conservative groups was not taking place, now we know because of the i.g. report that was happening. so, he had lost some credibility, but beyond that the administration had to have some accountability if they wanted to get through the week so we had secretary lew asking for the resignation and getting it, aka, he was fired. >> in terms of the political climate and premium accountability right now, the president's due to take questions tomorrow at his news conference where he'll be standing there with the prime minister of turkey, poor guy is going to have to stand through all of this american politics that's not going to make much sense in a turkish contest, but you never know. with everything going on in washington right now and the fact he's going to be standing next to the turkish guy, what do you think the president is likely to get the most heat about? what do you think he's likely to get the most heat about?
got the letter that the treasury secretary wrote to steven miller, clearly this administration trying to show they are angry about this scandal. what else does the letter say? >> erin, i mean, this is a letter you don't see released very often in washington and to the public. i'll show it to you right here, this is it. this say letter from the treasury secretary jack lu to acting irs commissioner stephen miller and it says "while i very much appreciate your many years of loyal service at the irs, i find it necessary at this time to request your resignation." short and to the point. and another sign that the president is starting to get serious about this scandal. with a growing chorus of criticism that president only offered a weak response to political targeting at the irs, mr. obama seized the moment to get tough. >> today secretary lu took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the irs because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it's important to institute new leadership. >> at a hearing on the widening scandal, eric holde
the resignation and accepted of acting irs commissioner steven miller, a 25-year irs employee. >> the americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. >> white house also took the unusual step of releasing a letter from treasury secretary jack lew demanding miller's resignation. republican leaders suggest the irs targeting of conservative groups was more than bad governance and that it was criminal. >> there was an effort to bring the power of the federal government to bear on those the administration disagreed with. in the middle of a heated national election. it actually could be criminal. >> now, my question isn't about who is going to resign. my question is who is going to jail over this scandal? >> many republicans weren't satisfied with the president's decision to fire miller. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said the action came two years after the action began writing if the president is concerned as he claims
asked him what he wanted to hear from steven miller, the guy who was fired as the acting irs commissioner. he said there's plenty still to hear from him, including exactly what the motivation was for what the irs did. >> well, he's still the acting commissioner until june. so he's still the guy. we have a lot of questions to answer. >> do you personally have any reason to believe, or do you believe, that the white house was involved in this? >> again, i don't know thee answers. we need to get answers. and we're going to follow this where it goes. >> and ultimately, that is going to determine whether or not, scott, this scandal turns into a long-lasting problem for the white house. and that is the question about whether it goes beyond the irs. the inspector general of the treasury department said, no, but that's not going to be the last word, because of all those investigations the president referred to. >> yeah, all right, john. thanks so much, john harwood for us at the white house. >> and it's from one battle to another. jpmorgan chairman and ceo, jamie dimon, fighting to k
.r.s. the president had announced the forced resignation of his predecessor steven miller on wednesday evening. in their names, when they sought tax-exempt status. that followed revelations that the agency had zeroed in on groups with tea party or patriot in their names, when they sought tax-exempt status. in congress today, republicans welcomed miller's departure, but they said the investigations must continue. kentucky senator rand paul: >> someone needs to be held responsible. someone needs to be imprisoned. someone needs to be prosecuted. the resignation is a step in the right direction, but we need to find out who wrote this policy, who approved this policy, and they need to be held accountable. >> woodruff: back in the rose garden, the president also was pressed about the justice department's subpoena of phone records from the associated press. the seizures apparently were part of an investigation into leaks about a foiled terrorist plot. mr. obama voiced support for a new media shield law. but he said freedom of the press must be balanced against national security as well. >> when i've
steven miller, the outgoing commissioner. if you'll also hear from the treasury inspector general for tax administration. that's at 9:00. you can watch it on c-span2, listen to it on c-span radio. a host of resources also available on concerning the hearing. yesterday the house took its 37
. >>> a congressional hearing this morning on the internal revenue service scandal. steven miller forced to resign as the acting commissioner and will testify. yesterday president obama named miller's replacements, white house budgeted official daniel werfel. he is expected to stay on through september. president obama said it was only last week that he learned about the extra scrutiny given to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. >> the minute i found out about it, then my main focus is making sure that we get it fixed. >> house speaker john boehner and some other republicans are calling for a criminal investigation. >>> meanwhile the president is promising to do everything possible to reduce sexual assaults in the armed forces. held a meeting yesterday with military leaders. according to the pentagon, estimates are up to 26,000 military members may have been sexually abused last year. meanwhile on capitol hill, bipartisan support is growing for an overhaul of the military justice system. >>> 5:20 now. coming up, the giants launched their biggest comeback yet. big winner last night. the
. he is in the hot seat. >> steven miller testifying at the first congressional hearing on this scandal. an investigation revealed that miller was aware a year ago that the irs was stone walling conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. at today's hear, miller apologized for the actions at the irs, but some lawmakers a little frustrated by the responses. >> you really are not taking any acknowledgement that you you knew anything, that you didn't do anything wrong. you've said that numerous times on the record today, that you did nothing wrong. so i find it hard to believe, why did you resign or why are you resigning? >> i never said i didn't do anything wrong. what i said is contained in the questions, i resigned because as the acting commissioner, what happens in the irs, whether i was personally involved or not, stops at my desk. and so i should be held accountable for what happens. whether i was personally involved or not. a very different question, sir. >> you you might remember a children's book, i don't, but maybe that's because i'm a foreigner, but you do. >> i remember
makes a living off people's taxes. here is another steven miller who makes his money off the people's taxes. singing for members of congress today. he was grilled for hours on the hill over the agency's controversial practices of singling out conservative groups. for extra scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status. admiral defended himself to members of the house, ways and means who want to know what he knew and when and if he misled congress at hearings last year. >> this was the time frame in 2010 when citizens united was out. there was a lot of discussion in the system about the use of c-4s. people in cincinnati decided, let's start grouping these cases. let centralize these cases. the way they centralize. ized it, troublesome. the concept, not. we're not targeting these people in that sense. >> you sent letters to congress acknowledging our investigation hese allegations. but consistently omitted that such discriminatory practices that are alleged were actually in
before the house ways and means committee by steven miller who walked the plank this week as soon-to-be former acting director of the irs. miller, who now has a resume to update, appeared alongside treasury inspector general jay russell george who did the study that revealed unfair practices at the irs and showed some irs workers flagged certain right-leaning groups for extra scrutiny, groups with tea party and patriot and other red blooded flag waving conservative words in their names during their mission statements. inspector general george was asked this point blank. >> did you find any evidence of political motivation in the selection of the tax exemption applications? >> we did not, sir. >> but most interesting, perhaps, was this. from miller who offered up his contrition on what must have been the longest day in his professional life. >> i want to apologize on behalf of the internal revenue service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service we provided. we provided horrible customer service here. i will admit that. we did. horrible customer service. whether it was po
irs head steven miller, who told lawmakers in his opening testimony that the lists made of conservative groups were made to cut corners, not to punish tea partyers. >> i think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. the listing described in the report, while intolerable, was a mistake and not an act of partisanship. >> but some lawmakers were scarcely satisfied with that response. >> you didn't mention targeting based on ideology. you didn't mention targeting based on buzzwords like tea party or patriots orç 9/12. you knew that but didn't mention that to the committee. do you not think that's a very incomplete answer? >> i answered the question truthfully. >> why did you say you have notes if you don't think you have notes? >> sir, please. please. >> do you have notes or don't you have notes? >> i don't know. >> where you're sitting, you should be outraged, but you're not. the american people should be outraged, and they are. >> so with lots of outrage and indignation to go around, q
: acting commissioner of the irs, steven miller, testifying on capitol hill on the hot seat today for a long time. some interesting back and forth today. this as the president met with the incoming irs commissioner at the white house, dan werfel. he starts next wednesday in that position. the president, of course, saying he learned of all of this from the press. >> i first learned about it from the same news reports that i think most people learned about this. i think it was on friday. >> can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the agency's actions before your counsel's office found out on april 22? and when they did find out, do you think you should have learned about it before you learned about it from news reports, as you've said last friday? >> i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the i.g. report before the i.g. report had been leaked through press. >> bret: then last night his white house communication director, dan pheiffer, was on cnn saying the first time we were aware of this was when we heard a few weeks ago t
back. >> all right. [ applause ] >> reporter: steven miller apologized for the irs's conduct and insisted agents who gave tougher treatment to tea party groups applying for tax- exempt status did not act out of political bias. >> i think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. >> reporter: lawmakers on the house ways and means committee wanted to know why miller was not up front with them after he found out about it. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. >> reporter: some republicans on the committee tried to link the conduct at the irs to the white house. democrats pushed back. >> it is important that in addressing and fully correcting one wrong, we not complete and be involved in other wrongs. >> reporter: the inspector- general who dug into the problems at the irs went over his findings with the committee. >> was the irs using an appropriate criteria in its review of organizations applying for
they want to keep them. the pound is looking for someone to foster those dogs in the meantime. >>> steven miller today admitted the irs targeted tea party groups. repeatedly he said it wasn't politically motivated. he said there were, quote, foolish mistakes for people looking to lighten their work load. an inspector general notified obama officials at the treasury department about this investigation last june. that would mean obviously the obama administration was aware of the irs targeting conservative groups during the presidential campaign. sources, though, tell our jessica yellin at the white house says it wasn't notified. the gop is crying foul. >>> first on cnn, john king has just learned the gop-led investigations into benghazi will carry on into the summer and beyond. the five chairman of the five separate house committees compared notes at a meeting organized by john boehner and eric cantor. the leadership's message, keep demanding access to documents and witnesses and keep the conspiracy theory rhetoric to a minimum. one participant in the meeting said, the facts are on our sid
that went on for hours yesterday where we learned, you know, we had outgoing irs chief steven miller testifying and we learned that treasury officials, some appointed by the obama administration, knew before the 2012 election that the irs inspector general was investigating this. so that brings a whole new question. >> well, it does. so i suppose one might say, gee, why didn't they inform people in the white house? why didn't they inform people on the hill? the important thing here, and the thing that has been really kind of brushed aside by some reports on this is that those officials were not told of the conclusions of the investigation. that's really critical. and i can tell you that had they been informed of the conclusions, which, by the way, had not at that point even been reached yet, we would have been having a hearing yesterday on the possibility that senior treasury officials or the white house interfered in the investigation. so it was actually the absolutely correct thing for those senior treasury officials to do to stand down, let the inspector general complete his work
of this magnitude and steven miller comes apparently unprepared, what's your reaction to what you saw yesterday? >> this is typical from the administration. this is the way they play it. they say, we didn't get the information. we weren't aware of it. we're still investigating it. and it's a constant slow walk. what really occurred in this situation was nonprofit groups that were conservative made an application. they were asked for a lot of additional paperwork that liberal groups were not asked for and they were never given an answer. this is the pattern of this administration. multiple agencies do it. it's as clear as things like the keystone pipeline. there are people talking about the keystone pipeline say why is that such a big deal? that's exactly what it is. every previous administration has -- this one constantly asks for more paperwork and delays in giving an answer. they don't say no, they just never give an answer. it's epa, it's in the department of education. it's in the state department. it's in the irs. this is not some isolated event. this is the latest of multiple event of whe
, accusing him of political bias. they say steven miller spent the past year singling out groups applying for tax exempt take the us. with a criminal probe under way, miller responded carefully. >> i answered all questions truthfully. i did not mislead congress, nor the american people. i answered all questions i was asked. >> so your answer is a nonanswer, once again? >> miller said he learned of the targeting last may, two years after it started. now, treasury secretary jack lew ordered the irs to investigate whether this is a system-wide scandal. the report will be delivered to the president in a month. >> that's why we sat down with former mayor willie brown and our political reporter. all of this leads back in one way or another to president obama. he doesn't seem to react, naturally, to anything, including the questions of this and the fallout from reports that the justice department was looking into the associated press phone records. why? >> i'm sorry to tell you, that is a natural thing. [ laughter ] >> his reactions are natural. that's who he is. he has always been kind of a soc
by getting those out in public. >> schieffer: you were one of the first to demand the firing of steven miller, the acting head of the i.r.s. do you think more needs to be done on that front? >> i do. i wrote to the commissioner of the i.r.s. and-- because i got constituent inquiries from houston, waco, and san antonio, some tea party groups there, who thought they were being unfairly targeted back in 2010 and 2011. and what we know now is the i.r.s., including mr. miller, lied to congress, lied to me, more importantly, lied to the american people and saying there was no such political targeting going on. >> schieffer: well, from what you know about it now, do you think this was something that was just generated within the i.r.s. or do you think they were acting on orders from somebody else? well, that's where i think the culture or the environment that the administration has created here, that it's okay to cover things up, it's okay to intimidate your political adversaries is important. you've been around bureaucracies a long time as i have, and bureaucratics don't take risk unless they have
witnesses, acting commissioner of the irs steven miller and the treasury inspector general jay russell george. this after a treasury inspector general investigation shows the irs began targeting tea party groups in the spring of 2010. by june of 2011 the irs was singling out those focused on debt, taxes and criticizing how the government was run. and in january of 2012 the irs broadened scrutiny of key organizations applying -- conservative organizations. that proves officials used the irs as a political tool in an election year. >> if you use constitution, bill of rights, patriot or tea party, you were likely to have a very rough time where, apparently, if you used progressive or moveon you were not. and this kind of targeting is what we knew before the election, and now we have proof. >> reporter: the white house denies any involvement saying the treasury inspector general alerted administration attorneys of their investigation late last month. president obama says he learned of it on friday, and this afternoon condemned the irs's conduct. >> if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the
of the officials close to the situation down in washington, d.c., mr. steven miller will plead the fifth amendment. david: no, he will not plead. -p>> he will not. he won't. he will go into the hearing and basically discuss broad details. he can still say he will not discuss specific details due to the nixon era irs confidentiality rules but here's, here's the bottom line. here is what needs to be focused on is the time frame for this. in 2010, yes, the, there could have been irs political audits because of the citizen united supreme court decision which opened a the floodgates of political money into the election system from unions and companies. so remember the president made that january 2010 state of the union address where he said, citizen united case was poorly rendered, words to that effect. may 2010, you have the irs then launching, be on the lookout computer spreadsheet going after tea party groups. but the potential for it, yes, we only have anecdotal information right now. until we have irs officials coming forward and more people coming forward to say yes, we were audited, this is not
acting chief steven miller was briefed about this. on july 25th he testified about it in front of congress and doesn't mention the additional scrutiny. and was asked about it. so, lynn, is this the key question? who knew what when? >> two questions, yes, what you said, absolutely. that's phase two. phase one is what happened? were there rogue operators? were they just acting on their own? no supervision? that's pretty bad if that's the case. and then, two, who knew what when as you say. these are two storylines. as we say in our business, chris and ron, this story has legs that could extend for years. >> i want to play a clip -- >> the story has been changing -- i was going to say the story shifted just since friday. we were told friday this was only the cincinnati office. now "the washington post" has a story saying there were officials in the washington offices of the irs involved. that makes you wonder. it's just not good to be dribbling out information like that. >> let me play a clip a lot of reporters including our tom costello was on a conference call where lois lerner,
was referring to acting irs chief steven miller and the top irs official, lois learner. elijah cummings says laws were probably broken. do you agree? >> from what i've heard, i do agree. i know an invest xwags is underway. we need to wait to hear all the facts, but if it appears this is what's happening, we need to hold people accountable. i have no hesitation with that. how far do you think the accountability will go? attorney general holder has been under fire when it was revealed that the justice department obtained those two months of phone records. reince priebus is calling for his resignation. i think the question of how long he plans to stay has been questions, do you believe he's still effective and could some fingers be pointed at him when he talk about heads rolling? >> let me just tell you i'm glad he has stayed to far. you have the leadership calling for his resignation before we know what happened here. so we have for the first time in u.s. history, an attorney general held in contempt. we were so disgusted by the process that we didn't participate in the vote. the attacks he ha
to the white house. that person, of course, will replace the present acting irs commissioner, steven miller, would just yesterday the president announced said he would resigned as he was asked to by treasury secretary jack lew at the urging of president obama.
to be done. last night the acting commissioner of the internal revenue service, steven miller, was fortsed to resign. president obama is vowing to restore the american people's trust in the agency. >> it is inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs, given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. uma joining us now with much more, chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel who is live on capitol hill. mike? >> reporter: will hi, uma. with news coming just moments ago that president obama intends to appoint a new acting irs commissioner, the united states congress still has plenty of questions for the guy on his way out. the resignation of steven mill every was announced last night by president obama by still tomorrow the house ways and means committee has plenty of questions for him as law makers here on capitol hill try to get to the bottom of irs's treatment of conservative and some religious groups. key tea party leaders a short time ag
with the interim commissioner, steven miller. we'll keep you posted on our coverage plans. and meanwhile, we have been covering the second day of marking up the immigration and border security bill in the senate. saw that earlier here on c-span. it continues live on c-span radio and meanwhile on the house side today, a group of republicans led by steve king of iowa, vowed they'd oppose that senate immigration bill. they held a briefing with reporters outside the house side of the u.s. capitol. here's a look. >> well, good morning. i appreciate you being here. we ordered up a nice day for an outdoor press conference so we can look at the capitol in the background and comment on what's happening with the immigration issue across in the senate and what's happening in this country. i'm congressman steve king. i represent iowa's fourth congressional district. and about three or four weeks ago, some of us were in discussion wondering when the conservatives were going to speak up on this amnesty bill that was unfolding in the united states senate and that was being -- i'll say -- put togethe
of steven miller, the agency's acting commissioner amid the growing outcry over the agency's targeting of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. the president is promising new oversight to make sure it never happens again. meanwhile, the first congressional hearing on the scandal gets under way tomorrow. >>> and you've heard of take your child to work day, but what about take your grandchild to congress day. that can be a bit tricky. >> -- can hide their identities. >> no. >> -- where criminals -- >> the boy is sweet. north carolina congressman mel watt doubling as a baby-sitter for his 2-year-old grandson during a very important hearing yesterday with the attorney general. little nico, well behaved pulled it together at least until it was grandpa's turn to speak. in the end, however, nico was a very good little lad. >> he got his way. >> i will sit here and i'm going to ruin everything. >> thanks there, josh. >>> to "pop news." lara? >> indeed, good morning, everybody. and speaking of, well "arrested development," we know we have the chocolate banana truck is outside
explode today. dana? >> that's right, wolf. steven miller admitted in this hearing that the irs singled out groups, political groups using conservative key words like tea party but did not use traditionally liberal words like progressive. that did not help his argument that the mistakes may have been stupid but not partisan. >> so help you god. >> i do. >> reporter: two days after getting fired the irs chief apologized. >> what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their work load selection. >> reporter: yet steven miller repeatedly insisted inappropriate irs scrutiny of conservative groups was not politically motivated. >> it was a mistake and not an act of partisanship. >> reporter: his explanation? back in 2010 the irs was bombarded with applications for tax-exempt status so they came up with a shortcut using words like tea party to i.d. groups. >> look, they get 70,000 applications in there for 150 or 200 people to do. they triage those. >> reporter: but for four hours, he couldn't or wouldn't answer many questions. >> actually i
-- considerative groups? steven miller and another top official forced to resign. miller said his agents made, quote, unquote, foolish mistakes and provided horrible customer service. he called those mistakes intolerable. >> as acting commissioner i want to apologize
wednesday, president obama himself announcing the resignation of irs' acting commissioner steven miller, his departure early next month. >> americans have the right to be angry about it, and i am angry about it. >> reporter: miller acknowledged an immediate need to restore trust in the nation's tax agency. but the president's critics aren't satisfied. one top house republican insisting there are still far too many unanswered questions. questions surrounding the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september, as well. the white house releasing 100 pages of previously classified e-mails and notes outlining the intense back and forth between diplomatic and intelligence officials over the government's talking points used by u.n. ambassador susan rice that ultimately removed any reference to al qaeda or previous cia warnings in the region. a senior intelligence official telling nbc news deputy cia director mike morell crossed out those references on this early draft. but morell's then boss david petraeus seemed to disagree with the watered down version that excluded any mention of
commissioner steven miller would not answer questions tuesday after a private meeting with the senate finance chairman. >> why didn't you tell the truth when you were asked directly by congress? >> we'll talk on friday, guys. >> reporter: friday is when miller will testify before the house ways and means committee, which oversees the irs. he can expect to get grilled about what treasury department investigators describe as ineffective management. their new report finds that inappropriate criteria were used to single out tea party groups for extra scrutiny. criteria that stayed in place for 18 months delaying some applications for tax-exempt status for up to three years. out of the nearly 300 cases flagged for special review, one in three were groups that included the words "tea party, 9-12 project, or patriots" in their title. the report also showed the irs requested unnecessary information. >> we say stop! >> like the names of donors and political affiliations. >> the fbi is coordinating with the justice department to see if any laws were broken. >> reporter: on tuesday the attorney general
a comment. >> reporter: acting irs commissioner steven miller was informed of the targeting last year but never told congress. >> how about answering our questions? >> reporter: on capitol hill, he refused to answer reporters' questions about why. now, miller is going to have to answer that question on friday when he testifies before the house ways and means committee. the inspector general report did answer one key question, which is whether or not this was politically motivated especially by the white house. what this determines is that the people who decided to target tea party and other groups were not influenced by anyone outside the white house. what it calls first line or low level management officials approved the references but, carol, it could not specifically determine who had been involved in creating those criteria in the first place. >> does that mean it determined that these actions were not politically motivated? >> reporter: what it determined is that from the people they interviewed that this was done as a time saving measure not as a way to politically target these
of the irs has been forced out as the fallout from the irs scandal spreads. acting commissioner steven miller had been aware of the agency's effort to put greater scrutiny on conservative groups as early as 2012. miller told staffers in internal memo that he'll be departing in early june when his acting assignment ends. but in a news conference last night president obama announced miller's resignation and described his own outrage over the whole issue. >> the misconduct that it uncovered is inskewable. it's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it, and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. given the power and reach it has in all of our lives. as i said earlier it should not matter what political stripe you're from. the fact of the matter is that the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. >> so i'm just reading. we've been covering the different players in this including lois lerner, who heads up the irs division on tax-exempt organizations and was aware from nearly the beginning of all this. i mean, i'm ass
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